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  • Water Hyacinth Craft: Promoting Rural Livelihoods

  • Water hyacinth (Scientific name: Eichorniacrassipes;

    Local name: Meteka) is considered as

    the most productive plant on earth, as

    it yields more than 200 tons of dry

    matter per hectare per year under normal

    conditions. On water containing high

    concentrations of sewage, it yields up to 657

    tons of dry matter per hectare. In Assam, water

    hyacinth is seen in abundance in almost every

    river body of the state, right from big lakes to

    household ponds in villages. For a long time, the

    aquatic plant was considered only as a waste and was

    either cleared up or left unused.

    “The plant is far more productive than the crops that have been carefully cultivated by man under near-ide-

    al conditions of fertilization, irrigation, and pest con- trol,” wrote John Bunton in an article which appeared in

    Far Eastern Agriculture.

    Water hyacinth

    Water Hyacinth Craft: Promoting Rural


  • Basically, Water hyacinth is considered as a weed & nuisance for:

    It enhances water loss by 2.5 to 3 times due to evaporation.

    Reduction of Bio-diversity: Other aquatic plants have difficulty in surviving.

    Diversity of fish stocks is often affected from proliferation of water hyacinth.

    Sediment level increases with increase of water


    Source of breeding ground for mosquitoes and other parasites.

    indrance to water transport.

    Its removal helps to conserve water and rejuvenate the environment.

    Sustainable livelihood & Inclusive Growth in Rural Areas.

    Raw Material is free and abundant.

    Opportunity to earn as per the skill level of the artisan: Unskilled:- 15 paisa per piece of dry steam -Semi Skilled :- Braid & Rope : Rs. 2 to 3.5 per meter -Skilled: Finished Products with value from Rs. 40 in a coin purse to Rs.30,000/- in furniture set.

    An ecofriendly product for the consumers.

    Empowering women in rural India.

    Need for Water Hyacinth Craft

  • Processing of Water Hyacinth to Water Hyacinth Craft

    sizing by


    cleaning the


    Surface decoration Knitting

    Flatting (to smoothen the

    rough edge)


    To introduce water hyacinth craft as a source of sustainable livelihood in rural areas primarily targeting the women

    beneficiaries for their economic empowerment. The project will focus on six blocks under six districts which are

    listed as follows:


    Pub Mangaldai





    850 SHG members

    Name of the Block 4

    No of SHGmembers to be covered ( Approx)







    Name of the District

    Objective of the project

  • Formal and Structured training on making products of water hyacinth is a necessity in

    promoting Water Hyacinth Craft into a Sustainable Livelihood option . In order to

    enhance their skills andproductivity technical training and Capacity Building

    Programmes have been designed specific to the requirement of the artisans on water

    hyacinth craft:

    Capacity Building

    Sl No Type of Training No of Artisans to be covered







    Skill Development Programme at village level

    Advanced Training at NEDFiR&D Centre, Khetri

    Product Specific Reorientation Programme at

    village level

  • A systematic approach to promoteWater Hyacinth Craft as a sustainable Livelihood

    option, marketinglinkage has to be established and trackingof the growing needs of

    customers is also to be kept in account. Thus, the following initiatives are to be

    undertaken in realizing the goals of establishing a sustainable Market Linkage

    Establishment of six Common Facility Centre in all the six targeted districts and make it sustainable in long run.

    Issue of Artisan Card to the project beneficiaries.

    Preparation of Catalogue, Website & Documentation for product marketing.

    Organizing 18 nos. of local, regional, national level exhibitions to promote Water Hyacinth Craft in Assam.

    Tie up with buyers & exporters for some selective products with large volume for which product specific training programmes will be undertaken under the capacity building component of the proj- ect. Tie up with vendors/ shops of nearby areas / locality.

    Linkage with marketing organizations like NEHHDC, ARTFED as well as NEDFi showrooms and online marketing agencies.

    Promoting Water Hyacinth Craft as a Sustainable Livelihood and Establishment of Market Linkages

  • Mentors

    common facility centre

    (raw material bank production facility

    aggregation of semi finished and

    finished products)

    Local Sales

    Artisans in

    the rural areas

    Implementation model

    12 Days Skill development

    programme of 25 artisans Total 600




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    Exhibition Sales Outlet Order Execution Ecommerce


    2 Programmes on advance training

    of 15 days each at nedfi craft

    incubation center total 60 artisans

    7days of product specific training

    total 150 artisans

  • Operational Time Line for Water Hyacinth Project

    Project Period: 18.08.2017 to 17.08.2019 (Two years)

    Conducting Basic Training Programme for ben- eficiaries (24 programes, 25 beneficiaries per batch, duration of each training programme 10 days per batch).

    Issue of Artisan Card to the project beneficiaries

    Sept-17 to Dec-171

    Sept-17 to Dec-172

    Procurement process of Tools &Equipments for CFCAccessories etc Dec-17 to Jan-184

    Functioning of CFC - 6 nos. (1 each at selected intensive district)


    Mobilisation of CFC Assistants Feb-18 to Aug-196

    Selection and Mobilisation of Marketing Exec- utive & Mentor Dec-17 toAug-197

    Selection of place and beneficiary for estab- lishment of Common Facility Center (CFC) Nov-173

    Sl No Months Activity Details

  • Conducting Advanced Training Programme (2 porgrammes, 30 beneficiaries per batch, duration of each training programme 12 days per batch)

    March-18 to April-189

    18 nos. of Local, Regional, National Level Exhi- bitions: 6CFC @ 3 exhibition per CFC Dec-17 to Aug-1911

    Conducting Product Specific Orientation Programme (6 programmes, 25 beneficiaries per batch, duration of each programme 6 days per batch)

    May-18 to Aug-1810

    Marketing Linkage Initiatives: 1) Tie up with buyers & exporters for some selective products with large volume; 2) Linkage with marketing organizations; 3) Online Marketing

    Dec-17 to Aug-1912

    Selection and Mobilisation of Mentors Dec-17 to Aug-198

    Preparation of Catalogue, Website launch & Documentation

    Dec-17 to March-1813

    Sl No Activity Details Months

  • Assam state rural livelihoods mission panchayat and rural development department, govt. of assam siva nath gogoi path, panjabari road guwahati, assam-781037

    Phoneno: 0361-2330542/ website: https//asrlms.assam.gov.in toll free no: 18002008998/ Email: asrlms.india@gmail.com


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